I'm Bridget F., an experienced teacher/tutor with a passion for teaching and learning. I have been in the classroom for over 14 years and tutoring for even longer. I have had great success with my students both inside and outside of the classroom. My students have ranged from kindergarten students learning to read, write, count and sort, to middle school students learning to study and apply skills they are learning, to college students working through exams and thesis papers. While tuto... [more]
I am certified by the state of Massachusetts to teach Elementary grades. I have over ten years of teaching experience at this level as well. Currently, I teach 5th grade. Previously, I have also tutored at the elementary level.
As an elementary school teacher, I find that students need to be taught to study. While this is a habit of a good learner and a strong student, for many it does not come naturally. Within the structure of the school day, I make time to talk about and develop study skills. I have previously tutored academic subjects while focusing on study skills as well. I find that, once learned and applied regularly, study skills allow students to make progress in all academic areas.
As an inclusion teacher for the past thirteen years, I have a great deal of experience with special needs learners. I have worked with special educators to facilitate and differentiate learning activities and enjoy getting to know children of all abilities and disabilities. Additionally, when working with a student, no matter their needs, I work to set goals with them to further their learning. I can meet students where they are academically and socially to help them grow in their subject knowledge and in their confidence.
As a certified classroom teacher for 13 years and a tutor for significantly longer, I've encountered many students with ADD/ADHD and had the opportunity to participate in professional development to specifically develop strategies to help students with ADD/ADHD. I am very willing to try multiple strategies, listen to my students (and their parents), chunk material, and provide a hands on (and sometimes physically active) approach to learning.
One of my first teaching positions was at a school specifically for dyslexic learners (Linden Hill School in Northfield, MA). While there, I participated in trainings specific to teaching dyslexic students and taught reading and writing classes. Students with dyslexia often find school challenging and need increased confidence to build on what they already know, thus making it extremely important to set realistic goals and celebrate gains.
I hold a Middle School Humanities certification (English Language Arts and History). Additionally, I currently teach Social Studies to over 50 fifth graders daily. I find that an understanding of the world and its history plays a tendentious role in our understanding of ourselves and our society. Within Social Studies, students also often learn study skill and gain more of an understanding of themselves as students.
Although handwriting seems to have been left behind in favor of typing, I was on the handwriting committee for several years where I teach. I believe that handwriting will always be a way of expressing yourself and is a step in learning how to read various forms of print as well as script. I have tutored elementary students in handwriting (OT); both print and cursive.
Within the last few years, I've taught at a school that has undergone a complete transformation from the MA State Curriculum Standards to the Common Core. I have rewritten curriculum to match the new Core standards and have revamped much of what I've been teaching. I also have done considerable research on the mindset behind the Core and it's progression through the grades. I've added new techniques and depth to my teaching and tutoring.